Instant Messaging Use Among College Students

  title={Instant Messaging Use Among College Students},
  author={Andrew J. Flanagin},
Research on computer-mediated communication (CMC) has thus far largely overlooked instant messaging (IM), an extremely popular, and increasingly important, form of CMC. This study examines the most prevalent motivations for using IM within what is currently among the largest demographic groups utilizing this tool, college students. Data from 271 students are used to assess current motivations for IM use, its relative (dis)advantages over other communication channels, and its potential… CONTINUE READING
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